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Postby paulzheng » Wed, 16 Feb 2011 10:05 am

ksl wrote:
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ksl wrote:Guides Singapore professional development programme.

Tourist board:
The website shows a certificate error, though just accept like i did and you will get information on getting a licence and the courses available.

https://guides-online.visitsingapore.co ... ulletin225

There are many business opportunities in the tourism trade and guides will be always wanted, specialising in mother tongue, not just English will be an advantage in developing your niche...specialising will add value, be it history, New development, speciality hawker foods and recipes handed down from families.

There are even the business women/men, that often drop into Singapore that need entertainment, and relaxation, so hook up with spa's clubs and such, will earn you $, if you can deliver a group for example.

Identify your target market and make a daily itinerary online so people can sign up to your tours, even if it is only 1 day a month, make it available online and get noticed through the tourism office with a licence.


do you mean that i need to get a license before i act a free guide?


No not really, though if you have anything of value to offer, then it would be the wisest choice, credability goes a long way.....most websites lure there consumers with freebies all the time. You can still be a freebie with a licence, it is much more secure for consumers to know that you are regulated and you would be offering them piece of mind, imagine if you wanted to dump your boring employment and start doing the guiding full time, good preparation and planning delays much time wasted.

So I'm saying it all depends and your long term goals which you have not yet set, in the short term you are just wanting to offer a free service to meet people who are interested, if your interest is serious your, credibility with a licence will garner exposure and feedback.

Also look at the worst scenarios, you come up with an idea, and someone will copy it and turn it into a profitable business. As i say it's all about turning a hobby into a life long dream of doing something you are happy doing and making a living.

Ask yourself why you wanted to do this in the first place? Only you have the answer, I'm the key to your subconscious :lol: giving you alternatives to consider if you do it do it right, make a time table of events to cover the whole day, half day or by the hour.


Thanks so much for your long term consideration suggestion! Last night, i read the website which you suggest

https://guides-online.visitsingapore.co ... ulletin225

which actually say only those guide who charge need be licensed. But i think you are definate right if i want gain more credibilty, have a license will be much helpful.

As you said, currently, my thoght is very simple, i just want to tour some one who is totally new for singapore, then i can bring they some convinence, at same time, i will also gain a lot ( not for money, but like the feeling of satisfaction, knowledge) and will be very happy.

Have you even seen castle beach in east coast park?
When i firstly saw that, i was deeply touched by the spirit, it can turn the normal sands to such beautiful thing. The founder told me, 15 years ago, he is also a engineer, but he can not gain the satification from his work, and he love to play sands, then he startup this.

when i try to consult him how he can make his succeful, he only told me " to do!"

below is his website, if you have time, you can have a look.

http://www.castlescanfly.com/

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Postby ksl » Wed, 16 Feb 2011 2:14 pm

Thanks, I know of castle beach Ltd. Seen it with my daughter. I have also encountered a lone Indian tourist from Malaysia, he was here for 3 days, he appeared lost in the City so I offered to give him a tour. He was a very frugal type of person and very shy of imposing his presence in places, where HE believed he shouldn't go for some reason. So I took him to Raffles Hotel for a Singapore Gin Sling. :) I saw how his face lit up, when he asked me if he could take pictures inside the hotel bar, it was rewarding in itself to see a person break down barriers that had been there for so long.

Embrace your idea as a guide for all people, it will make you a better person, to share what you know, and will be appreaciated for a very long time to come from everyone. Though the licence also gives the tourist a sense of safety too, don't forget, especially if they are street wise from societies of crime, they need the assurance that they will not be mugged if they follow you, so they can relax and listen with less worry.

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Postby earthfriendly » Wed, 16 Feb 2011 2:44 pm

While googling castle beach I came across the following. This guy takes amazing pictures around Singapore.

http://www.flickr.com/photos/adforce1/4268489129/

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Postby paulzheng » Wed, 16 Feb 2011 2:59 pm

ksl wrote:Thanks, I know of castle beach Ltd. Seen it with my daughter. I have also encountered a lone Indian tourist from Malaysia, he was here for 3 days, he appeared lost in the City so I offered to give him a tour. He was a very frugal type of person and very shy of imposing his presence in places, where HE believed he shouldn't go for some reason. So I took him to Raffles Hotel for a Singapore Gin Sling. :) I saw how his face lit up, when he asked me if he could take pictures inside the hotel bar, it was rewarding in itself to see a person break down barriers that had been there for so long.

Embrace your idea as a guide for all people, it will make you a better person, to share what you know, and will be appreaciated for a very long time to come from everyone. Though the licence also gives the tourist a sense of safety too, don't forget, especially if they are street wise from societies of crime, they need the assurance that they will not be mugged if they follow you, so they can relax and listen with less worry.


Seems you are a such kind-heart person, I believe you also feel great joy when you help others.

Today i receive a message from Facebook. I just met her once in second life, when i told her," i am glad that she still me." she repied me, "surely she remember me, since i was the first person that she met in second life". I think the message is also a encourage for me since i only did a virtual guide for her in the "second life" and acutually it is quite several month ago since i alreay quit from this game.

suppose some tourist the first time visit singapore and get some really free help which they think helpful to them, i believe it would be a very good experience for them.

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Postby paulzheng » Wed, 16 Feb 2011 3:01 pm

earthfriendly wrote:While googling castle beach I came across the following. This guy takes amazing pictures around Singapore.

http://www.flickr.com/photos/adforce1/4268489129/


Yeh, the picture is wonderful! Thanks for your sharing and wish i can rediscovery more beuty of singpore in future.

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Postby Eau2011 » Wed, 16 Feb 2011 10:37 pm

beppi wrote:Hi,

There are two German ladies who offer guided tours about various topics (not free, and actually quite expensive) in German - so there is certainly demand.
Since there is no comparable organisation, you'd probably have to start one. Approach the Singapore Tourism Board, they might offer support!
And if you need another volunteer guide, I'd be available occasionally, as I also know Singapore quite well and like to tell stories.

Good luck!

Frank

I shall offer guided tours in German for free. :)

I speak Chinese (native), German (have stayed in D for 9 years!) and English. Is it an unbeatable offer? :lol:

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Postby ksl » Wed, 16 Feb 2011 11:19 pm

Eau2011 wrote:
beppi wrote:Hi,

There are two German ladies who offer guided tours about various topics (not free, and actually quite expensive) in German - so there is certainly demand.
Since there is no comparable organisation, you'd probably have to start one. Approach the Singapore Tourism Board, they might offer support!
And if you need another volunteer guide, I'd be available occasionally, as I also know Singapore quite well and like to tell stories.

Good luck!

Frank

I shall offer guided tours in German for free. :)

I speak Chinese (native), German (have stayed in D for 9 years!) and English. Is it an unbeatable offer? :lol:
Maybe you and Paulzheng should team up :lol: Helping others is certainly more rewarding in terms of satisfaction, though it's not always financially viable.
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Postby Eau2011 » Wed, 16 Feb 2011 11:33 pm

ksl wrote:
Eau2011 wrote:
beppi wrote:Hi,

There are two German ladies who offer guided tours about various topics (not free, and actually quite expensive) in German - so there is certainly demand.
Since there is no comparable organisation, you'd probably have to start one. Approach the Singapore Tourism Board, they might offer support!
And if you need another volunteer guide, I'd be available occasionally, as I also know Singapore quite well and like to tell stories.

Good luck!

Frank

I shall offer guided tours in German for free. :)

I speak Chinese (native), German (have stayed in D for 9 years!) and English. Is it an unbeatable offer? :lol:
Maybe you and Paulzheng should team up :lol:


Good idea. 8-)

I moved to Singapore two weeks ago, but have been here at least 10 times before.

And I have plenty of time. :wink:

I will start to tour my friends from Germany in May. :lol:

Is it the only forum in Singapore for expats? Not so many ppl here. :cry: Or have all of them already made good friends and are away from the forum? :shock:

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Postby ksl » Wed, 16 Feb 2011 11:35 pm

Not the only forum, but the best one without a doubt! I think most have very long working days, and suspect the other forums are just as quite.

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Postby paulzheng » Thu, 17 Feb 2011 12:04 am

Eau2011 wrote:
ksl wrote:
Eau2011 wrote:
beppi wrote:Hi,

There are two German ladies who offer guided tours about various topics (not free, and actually quite expensive) in German - so there is certainly demand.
Since there is no comparable organisation, you'd probably have to start one. Approach the Singapore Tourism Board, they might offer support!
And if you need another volunteer guide, I'd be available occasionally, as I also know Singapore quite well and like to tell stories.

Good luck!

Frank

I shall offer guided tours in German for free. :)

I speak Chinese (native), German (have stayed in D for 9 years!) and English. Is it an unbeatable offer? :lol:
Maybe you and Paulzheng should team up :lol:


Good idea. 8-)

I moved to Singapore two weeks ago, but have been here at least 10 times before.

And I have plenty of time. :wink:

I will start to tour my friends from Germany in May. :lol:

Is it the only forum in Singapore for expats? Not so many ppl here. :cry: Or have all of them already made good friends and are away from the forum? :shock:


Hi,

I think the next step is how to contact the tourist who want to visit singapore and convince them that we are really want to help them and without any other intention.

I wish you will have a very good experience when you guide your friend from German and wish to hear your sharing then.

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Postby JR8 » Thu, 17 Feb 2011 12:40 am

Paul,

re: your previous question.

If you were one of your potential customers how do you think you would find your services?

How about googling on 'Singapore personal guide', or what ever comes to your mind, and see what comes up...

Getting some form of listing via the STB website has also surely only got to give you the profile that you wish for.

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Postby prkravi » Thu, 17 Feb 2011 11:52 am

ksl wrote:Not the only forum, but the best one without a doubt! I think most have very long working days, and suspect the other forums are just as quite.


^^ I second that!!

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Postby paulzheng » Thu, 17 Feb 2011 6:01 pm

JR8 wrote:Paul,

re: your previous question.

If you were one of your potential customers how do you think you would find your services?

How about googling on 'Singapore personal guide', or what ever comes to your mind, and see what comes up...

Getting some form of listing via the STB website has also surely only got to give you the profile that you wish for.


Hi JR8,

Your suggestion is really good, i tried googling 'singapore pesonal guide', there are a lot travelling information come out, i think i can get quite some inspiration from them.

then i googling' singapore peronal free guide', seems can not find the free guide yet, i think i still have a quite long way to go.

I will go to STB website when i have some foundation, for example, after i succefully guide some tourist several times.

Thanks for your continuing caring and help and suggestions!

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Postby tomyin » Fri, 18 Feb 2011 2:44 pm

Frankly I just can't figure out how this free service works. Don't you need to work to make a living? how a tourist's precious time meet with your time? Obviously most tourists tour the city in the daytime, can you make it? If you only do it once a month, it seems it less justified for the effort you are showing now.

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Postby sundaymorningstaple » Fri, 18 Feb 2011 3:50 pm

Hence my early comment, how is he going to eat.


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